ZFS: amd64, devd, root file system.

Joao Barros joao.barros at gmail.com
Mon Apr 9 16:31:44 UTC 2007

I was unaware there was no support for booting off a RAID-Z in
Solaris, that was my intended setup so no fun.

Btw, I hold you personally responsible for my acquisition of two extra
320GB drives ;)

On 4/9/07, Pawel Jakub Dawidek <pjd at freebsd.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 09, 2007 at 04:08:26PM +0100, Joao Barros wrote:
> > I was looking at how Solaris got support for booting off ZFS and the
> > patch to GRUB to support it.
> > Is it feasible for FreeBSD's boot loader? What would be the main
> > issue: technical or licensing?
> I don't know if there are licensing issues, probably yes if we would
> like to add ZFS support to our standard loader.
> The biggest problem I see is lack of motivation on my side. Really. Why
> someone would like to keep kernel on ZFS so much? This would be a huge
> amount of work, I expect, and what we get in turn? On Solaris you can
> only boot from a single-disk pool or from a mirrored pool. Is it really
> worth the effort for us? I much more prefer to spend the time working on
> something more useful than that and keep my small /boot/ file system
> protected by gmirror on UFS - with this approach there are no
> limitations - we can keep our root file system on compressed RAID-Z
> pool.
> Of course if someone is willing to try working on this, I'm happy to
> help.
> --
> Pawel Jakub Dawidek                       http://www.wheel.pl
> pjd at FreeBSD.org                           http://www.FreeBSD.org
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Joao Barros

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